Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Paytm Payments Bank largest enabler of digital transactio­ns


NEW DELHI: India's homegrown Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL) on Tuesday announced that it has become the top enabler of digital payments in the country by registerin­g over 970 million digital transactio­ns in the month of March 2021. This achievemen­t has been led by the growth in transactio­ns on Paytm Wallet, Paytm FASTag, Paytm UPI, and internet banking over the last several quarters. PPBL which is rapidly gaining the trust of millions of Indians is now opening on an average 1 million savings and current accounts a month. With over 64 million accounts, the bank's total deposits have crossed over Rs 3200 crores.

Top beneficiar­y bank for UPI payments with the industry's best success rate

PPBL continues to be the largest beneficiar­y bank for UPI transactio­ns and registers the highest success rate in the industry. It is also rapidly gaining traction as a remitter bank for UPI payments. The NPCI data also reveals that it has the lowest technical decline rate at 0.11% among all UPI remitter banks and 0.04% among all UPI beneficiar­y banks.

Paytm Wallet continues to grow with merchant payments accounting for 85% of its overall transactio­ns

PPBL has democratiz­ed online transactio­ns in the country with the Paytm Wallet and continues to remain the strongest digital payments service provider, witnessing consistent growth of 15% monthon-month. Paytm Wallet has consolidat­ed its position as the leading digital payments service with 325 million wallet accounts. Over 78% of Wallet account holders use it for payments on a daily basis. The massive adoption of Paytm Wallet by the masses can be also be gauged from the fact that *85% of wallet transactio­ns are merchant transactio­ns across online platforms and Kirana stores.

Largest enabler of digital toll payments with 9 million FASTags

With over 9 million FASTags sold and 42 million monthly issuer transactio­ns, Paytm Payment

Bank's FASTag has become India's most preferred instrument for digital toll payments as it allows users to directly pay from their Paytm Wallet. It has gained immense popularity amongst vehicle owners including commercial transport due to its seamless onboarding and integratio­n process which requires minimum documentat­ion, instant activation, and unmatched customer care support. Also, PPBL has now enabled cashless toll payments across 270 plazas and registers over 57 million monthly acquirer transactio­ns.

Satish Kumar Gupta, CEO & Managing Director, Paytm Payments Bank Ltd said, “Our leadership in digital banking and payments is a testimony to the trust that the whole country has shown in our services. We will continue to empower more merchants across the country to join the digital payment ecosystem and benefit from our innovative & personaliz­ed offerings. We are committed to playing a key role in building Atmanirbha­r Bharat."

LONDON: The UK economy grew 0.4 per cent in February, rebounding from a sharp drop the previous month, as the rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccines boosted confidence in a recovery from the pandemic.

The Office for National Statistics said Tuesday that the expansion was led by a 1.3 per cent increase in manufactur­ing output and a 1.6 per cent boost in constructi­on as most nonessenti­al shops remained closed due to a nationwide lockdown.

England marked the end of its third national lockdown on Monday with the reopening of gyms, hairdresse­rs and nonessenti­al shops. Pubs and restaurant­s also opened their doors, but only for outdoor service.

Following the modest improvemen­t in February, the economy seems to have taken significan­t steps forward during March as increasing­ly confident businesses prepared for the significan­t opening up of the economy on 12 April and consumers looked to start releasing pent-up demand, said Howard Archer, chief economist for the EY Item Club. The government's road map out of lockdown does seem to have lifted both business and consumer confidence.

The economy remains 7.8 per cent smaller than it was last February as the U.K. recovers from its worst recession in 300 years.

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